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Charcuterie Board   - Carmel’s Hidden Gem, Carmel-by-theSea, CA

Carmel’s Hidden Gem

4.8
4.8
116 Reviews
$30 and under
Contemporary American
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2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 2 times today
Experiences are available.

Additional information

  • Dining style
    Casual Dining
  • Price
    $30 and under
  • Cuisines
    Contemporary American, American, Breakfast
  • Hours of operation
    Breakfast Wed–Sun 8:00 am–12:00 pm Brunch Wed–Sun 11:30 am–2:30 pm Dinner Wed–Sun 5:00 pm–9:00 pm
  • Phone number
    (831) 250-7811
  • Payment options
    AMEX, Discover, Mastercard, Visa
  • Dress code
    Business Casual

Experiences

  • Beautiful Outdoor Brunch Every WeekEnd

    Multiple dates available
    Fabulous Brunch every weekend join us on our heated dog friendly patio or inside our warm dinning room, try our lavender butter chicken and waffles or smoked salmon omelet.

What 116 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant

4.8
4.8 based on recent ratings
  • 4.8Food
  • 4.6Service
  • 4.5Ambience
  • 4.5Value

NoiseModerate

Loved For

  • California Central Coast

    Great for brunch

  • California Central Coast

    Neighborhood gem

  • California Central Coast

    Contemporary American

  • Monterey / Carmel

    Best Food

  • Monterey / Carmel

    Best Value

  • Monterey / Carmel

    Great for brunch

  • Monterey / Carmel

    Neighborhood gem

116 Reviews
  1. DoriK

    Portland

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on November 26, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We love going to Hidden Gem—- delicious food and a quiet place to chat.

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  2. OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 12, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    I always enjoy going to this place  As well as Yafa the other restaurant, owned by Rita and Dia.  Both restaurants are welcoming. The food is excellent. They are the real deal. Phillip, Silverstein, M.D., 

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  3. CatherineM

    Louisville

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on November 9, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Wonderful experience, service and meal. We are contemplating returning again! This truly is a hidden gem and should not be missed when in Carmel.

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  4. OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    5 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on October 29, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The food was delicious and the service was excellent. It was our anniversary and they added a few nice touches to make our night super special.

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  5. TreyC

    Raleigh

    3 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on October 22, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Wonderful service from Amir and equally as fantastic food from the kitchen. I can’t believe this place isn’t packed 24/7! Truly a hidden gem, can’t wait to try for brunch.

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  6. KPREBLUD

    Denver

    15 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    15 reviews

    Dined on October 15, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Exactly as the name states.....Carmel's Hidden Gem! Do not miss!

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  7. Robert

    Palm Springs

    12 reviews

    4.0

    12 reviews

    Dined on October 13, 2023

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    Charming small restaurant, Very good service and smiling waiter. Made us feel very welcomed

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  8. love2dine

    New York Area

    46 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    46 reviews

    Dined on October 9, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    great service and food Enjoyed dining there and will return

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  9. Jdaly

    Central Coast

    13 reviews

    5.0

    13 reviews

    Dined on September 30, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Exceptional service right from the start!!! Our reservation was for a Saturday evening, and it was fairly quiet. It is really hidden. We visit Carmel a few times a year and have visited many of the restaurants in town. This is a great addition. We would highly recommend this restaurant above many in town. It was a dining experience. We both had a special, one lamb and one seafood risotto. Both exceptional!!! We will definitely be back.

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  10. JessicaF

    San Francisco

    1 review

    vip
    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 28, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Beautiful dinner with incredible service, the Dover sole almondine special was delicious!

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  11. Jack

    Exclusive

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on September 25, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We were pleasantly surprised by the food and dining experience here. We celebrated a birthday here with a large group. Service was personal and attentive. Food was excellent, fresh and thoughtfully prepared. Everyone had a wonderful time.

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  12. StephenF

    Boise

    28 reviews

    vip
    1.0

    28 reviews

    Dined on September 24, 2023

    overall1food1service1ambience1
    Carmel’s hidden Jen deserves to remain hidden. My food was mediocre especially for the price. The service was nonexistent. Avoid this place if you care at all about food quality or service.

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  13. Craig

    Los Angeles

    49 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    49 reviews

    Dined on September 23, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Great service and they remembered our anniversary and the chef made a little creation for us, which was nice! Food quite good. Will go back!

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  14. JulianaV

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 16, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    I had breakfast with my family there, we brought our 2 dogs and the thoughtfulness of the staff bringing dog beds and water bowls blew our minds! The food was delicious and the portion sizes were perfect! Our server was very attentive! Such a great experience in the heart of Carmel!

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  15. SillySally

    San Francisco

    24 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    24 reviews

    Dined on September 9, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Fabulous food. Great quality. Excellent service. Amir is always exceptional.

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  16. OpenTable Diner

    Austin

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on September 3, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Amazing food and service Super nice people Schnitzel was delicious Peaches salad was impressive Mules always work

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  17. ChrisO

    San Francisco

    9 reviews

    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on September 2, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    A must try! Legit fried chicken and waffles. Great food and wonderful service.

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  18. OpenTable Diner

    Orange County

    3 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on August 28, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    It was perfect! Food was outstanding, attentive service!

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  19. OpenTable Diner

    San Diego

    12 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    12 reviews

    Dined on August 16, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Amazing. Love this place every time. Perfect food and ambience on the patio.

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  20. mfubini

    New York Area

    5 reviews

    2.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on August 11, 2023

    overall2food3service1ambience2
    the place was empty however they gave us 8 a very small table. They didn't serve bread. They took the order without serving the ladies first; We waited more than an hour to eat, in the end they were in a hurry to close and asked if we wanted coffee before everyone even finished. I have never found such poor service in any restaurant. Luckily the food wasn't bad.

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  21. Aroundsound

    San Francisco

    30 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    30 reviews

    Dined on August 10, 2023

    overall4food5service3ambience4
    Wonderful food. Have eaten breakfast, brunch and dinner there and all were excellent. The staff is charming but overextended and consequently service is slow. I suspect that’s more of a kitchen issue than serving staff. Everything is prepared with care. Small restaurant with pleasant outdoor space.

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  22. christopherq

    San Francisco

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on August 5, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience3
    Arrived an hour early for our reservation. They accommodated us right away as they were not that busy. They are located in the outskirts of downtown so it was easy to park on the street. We had one off menu request that they filled without hesitation. Food was good all around and pricing was reasonable.

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  23. John

    San Francisco

    7 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on August 3, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Crab bisque and porchini ravioli were truly outstanding.

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  24. MissSunshine

    San Francisco

    14 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    14 reviews

    Dined on July 31, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We love Carmel's Hidden Gem! The outside patio is great and provides a wonderful dining experience. Our regular server was off the night we visited but the owner provided equally attentive service! The food is expertly prepared and delicious. We have dined at the Hidden Gem many times since it first opened and we have never been disappointed.

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  25. MacKAnne

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 30, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    First time going there. I'm from the area and truthfully it was hard to find. That is not unusual but I had driven past it at least 6 times using Google Maps. Thankfully the owner got on the phone when my friend called asking if I was still coming (I was looking for parking), and he directed me there PLUS saved me a parking spot right in front. Amazing staff. Quiet. Cute. Impeccable food. Had grilled octopus for the first time and it beats anything you could get at the wharf. Highly recommend. Girls night. Date night. Or just to have a lovely time

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  26. Baysailor

    San Francisco

    37 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    37 reviews

    Dined on July 23, 2023

    overall5food5service4ambience4
    It is a "hidden gem" . . . great menu and excellect execution. If the weather cooperates, the small patio is great.

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  27. ArnoldG

    Dallas

    9 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on July 23, 2023

    overall4food5service4ambience4
    Unfortunately the service was a challenge because of illness of one staff member. The management did a fine job making up as much slack as possible. A temporary matter that should not deter foodies from having a special meal.

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  28. kikkoya

    Greater Boston

    9 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on July 23, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    I had an AMAZING meal here! I didn’t expect the seafood lobster risotto to be that good. Everything I had ordered including the bread pudding dessert will bring me back to Carmel.

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  29. SteveT

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 21, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    One of the best restaurants we have tried in Carmel!

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  30. WendyTHEBADASS

    Dallas

    22 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    22 reviews

    Dined on July 15, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience3
    Delicious meal, cute location. Could be enhanced with more charming table decor. Excellent service and friendly staff.

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  31. Kimmer

    London

    27 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    27 reviews

    Dined on July 9, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Love Carmel’s Hidden Gem. Día, Rita and their staff take customer service very seriously. They are warm and welcoming and serve amazing food for breakfast, lunch and dinner. We’re locals and go for at least one meal twice a week!

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  32. OpenTable Diner

    Treasure Coast

    13 reviews

    vip
    1.0

    13 reviews

    Dined on July 8, 2023

    overall1food2service1ambience1
    Overcooked expensive sole meunière. Poor staff ratio. Not a very special gem.

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  33. JRP1

    Central Coast

    8 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on July 3, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The seafood risotto and salmon were outstanding. Best I've ever had.

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  34. SandieM

    Houston

    28 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    28 reviews

    Dined on July 3, 2023

    overall5food5service4ambience5
    Small but efficient waitstaff. Corn chowder was a perfect start. Dover sole, deboned tableside was excellent.

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  35. EmCee

    San Francisco

    4 reviews

    1.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on July 2, 2023

    overall1food1service2ambience3
    I'm required to rate the food and value by OpenTable, but honestly, I didn't even get to the part where I could try the food. The restaurant is very understaffed (only 2 people to greet customers, bus tables, take orders, run food, etc.) for the whole restaurant. It was packed on a Saturday evening and as a result, the service and care was poor. My party was seated at a dirty table, which went unnoticed until I asked the waitress if I could get a rag so I could clean it myself. The wait was about 10 min until we were even given menus and asked what we would like to drink. The man who took my order was condescending when I asked if they still had one of the specials that was on the board. He went, "yes I just mentioned it to you 10 minutes ago." Bear in mind that he rattled off ~7 dishes, most of which weren't written on the board. The comment was incredibly condescending, which only worsened the night. I felt the night was only going to get progressively worse in service so I asked if we could pay the check and get the food to go. The gentleman asked if we were sure because the chef was halfway through the food. He went back to check, told us the chef hadn't even started our food, so we were okay to leave. TBH, I might come back if they had enough staff to provide a decent experience, but only because I believe in giving second chances.

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  36. Kbron

    Chicago

    8 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on June 18, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Great Fathers Day brunch!

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  37. OpenTable Diner

    Phoenix

    8 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on June 10, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    This is truly a Hidden Gem! I was looking for a place where my family of 9 could have an intimate dinner, quite enough for my 80yo parents to hear, and this place did not disappoint! The food was amazing and service was on point! If you are looking for a smaller venue, gourmet food, and great service I encourage you to to give this a try! Thanks, Hidden Gem, for an incredible night!

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  38. PickyPig

    Central Coast

    50 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    50 reviews

    Dined on June 3, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Exceptional service, great menu choices, dog friendly! We went for brunch, sat in the courtyard with a nice heater to keep us comfortable. Our dog was immediately served a bowl of water and s biscuit. I had the lump crab Benedict and my husband the smoked salmon omelet. Both were outstanding. We will definitely be back!

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  39. PamelaM

    Central Coast

    11 reviews

    5.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on May 28, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Delicious food, wonderful service and cozy atmosphere. We live it!!

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  40. OpenTable Diner

    Greater Boston

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on May 28, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Wasn’t sure what to expect as there weren’t many reviews yet, so thought I’d leave mine. In short, couldn’t recommend more highly. The food was excellent… as other reviews have mentioned, felt the food was prepared by an executive chef at a restaurant of some renown. My husband and I travel and dine out pretty extensively… we like to make our way through the Pellegrino top 50 list and we were liked it here a lot. The appetizers really shine… Loved the grilled artichoke, octopus, beet salad. The house made bread was some of the best I’ve ever had. Some other reviews mentioned slow service but at the time of our visit we didn’t find this to be the case—we were checked on every few min. Can’t think of a single bad thing to say. If you’re on the fence, just book it now!

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FAQs

Carmel’s Hidden Gem is rated 4.8 stars by 116 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

Make a reservation

2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 2 times today
Experiences are available.
Google Map for Carmel’s Hidden Gem

Mission Street Btw 4th & 5th Avenue, Carmel-by-theSea, CA 93921

Additional information

  • Neighborhood
    Carmel
  • Hours of operation
    Breakfast Wed–Sun 8:00 am–12:00 pm Brunch Wed–Sun 11:30 am–2:30 pm Dinner Wed–Sun 5:00 pm–9:00 pm
  • Price
    $30 and under
  • Cuisines
    Contemporary American, American, Breakfast
  • Dining style
    Casual Dining
  • Dress code
    Business Casual
  • Parking details
    None
  • Payment options
    AMEX, Discover, Mastercard, Visa
  • Additional
    Beer, BYO Wine, Corkage Fee, Gluten-free Options, Wine
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